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Antibalas: Live From The World Financial Center

The Brooklyn big band performs an infectious Afrobeat set.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Amayo, lead singer and percussionist for Antibalas. (Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music)

For the second part of the concert, we hear from Antibalas, a Brooklyn group inspired by the late Nigerian saxophonist, singer and bandleader Fela Kuti. Fela pioneered the Afrobeat style in the 1960s and '70s, mixing American funk, infectious horn arrangements -- and political messages aimed squarely at the Nigerian government. His life story was the subject of the recent Broadway musical “Fela" -- (to which members of Antibalas contributed). Hear this high energy performance -- and its unexpected encore.



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